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ARGUMENTS during a game are always good fun but it's something a bit special when a rowkicks off after the final whistle. And, after the Welsh Under-20 rugby team and their French counterparts dragged rugby through themud with theirmass brawl at the Junior World Championship last weekend, Inside Sport takes a look at five of football's best final-whistle punch-ups.

1. Chelsea vs Manchester United - Premiership 2008 THE so-called "Battle of the Bridge" was the perfect demonstration of how tense last season's Premiership title-race was.

Michael Ballack's penalty earned Chelsea a vital 2-1 win, moving them level on points with United. But the real story came after the game when tensions boiled over during United's warm-down.

Frenchman Patrice Evra and one of the Blues' groundsmen were at the centre of the scuffle with United striker Carlos Tevez claiming his team-mate had been subjected to a "grave insult".

2. Inter Milan vs Valencia - Champions League 2007 NO-ONE could have predicted this one when Valencia battled their way to the 2007 quarter-finals.

Carlos Marchena's decision to kick out at Inter's Argentinean midfielder Nicolas Burdisso was the catalyst. But it was when his team-mate David Navarro ran on to punch Burdisso, breaking his nose, that things got really interesting.

Navarro was chased off the pitch before several Inter players tried to force their way into the home side's dressing room to get to him.

3. Germany vs Argentina - World Cup 2006 NOBODY likes to lose a penalty shoot-out but Argentina definitely didn't take their World Cup exit very well in 2006.

It was midfielder Tim Borowski, scorer of Germany's vital fourth penalty, who apparently started the trouble when he made a "keep quiet" gesture towards the Argentineans after he scored.

The likes of Gabriel Heinze and Fabricio Coloccini took particular exception to Borowski. And, when Estaban Cambiasso's miss sent the hosts through, sparks immediately started to fly.

4. Celtic vs Rangers - SPL 2008 OLD FIRM derbies are notoriously fiery and this was certainly no different.

Atense, nervous affair was heading for a 1-1 draw when Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink's last-minute header secured all three points for Celtic, providing the cue for all hell to break loose.

Tempers flared as players from both sides, many of whom stand side by side when representing Scotland, traded blows.

Several players were cautioned as they walked off the pitch.

5. Arsenal vs Manchester United - Premiership 2004 THE notorious Pizzagate scandal; what a strange day that was. It's still unclear who won the 'battle of the buffet' but football was certainly the loser.

United were the team to finally end Arsenal's astonishing 49-game unbeaten run. And, needless to say, the Gunners didn't like it.

As a fracas unfolded in the tunnel after the game, someone launched a slice of pizza at Sir Alex Ferguson, hitting him right in the face.


ARGIE-BARGIE: Post-match mayhem as Argentina and Germany come to blows; UNITED WE FALL: Manchester United players in a scuffle with Chelsea groundstaff last season
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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 22, 2008
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